Archive for June, 2007

Mets Game 79: Win Over Phillies

Mets 8 Phillies 3 Wow. This was what the Mets were supposed to do to the unknowns in the St. Louis rotation. Well, at least their timing was right. The New York Mets cruised to their third straight win over the previously second-place Philadelphia Phillies, getting a measure of revenge for the Phils’ sweep at […]

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Backup Catching Option

With Paul LoDuca to be serving a two-game suspension sometime soon, and the Mets in need of a solid righthanded bat with Moises Alou still missing, I have the ideal guy: Mike Sweeney. Go ahead, call me crazy. But the Royals may be shopping Sweeney, and he has said he’s willing to go back behind […]

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Soler Released

Boy do I feel dumb. Over the winter, I thought the Mets should have been after Tony Armas, Jr. for starting pitching depth instead of Chan Ho Park and Aaron Sele. Early in the March, I predicted that Alay Soler would be the surprise of spring training. Fast forward to the end of June — […]

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Mets Game 78: Win Over Phillies

Mets 5 Phillies 2 Message to Cole Hamels: you ain’t so tough. The Phillies’ young ace was throwing hard and inside from inning one, and took offense to Jose Reyes dancing down the third base line in the first inning. So when Reyes ran the count to 3-0 with Shawn Green on third, Hamels threw […]

Mets 2007 Games

Between-Games Thoughts

While waiting around for another game to start, consider the following … It’s clear that Paul LoDuca needs at least a two-game rest — that said, it may be a blessing in disguise if his suspension appeal is denied. With all that rosin on his head, was El Duque trying to put one over on […]

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Mets Game 77: Win Over Phillies

Mets 6 Phillies Phive After going up 6-1, this game got a little too close for comfort. Helped by a huge strike zone from home plate umpire Adam Dowdy, El Duque pitched six solid innings, striking out seven, walking two, and allowing three hits and two runs. His opponent, JD Durbin, did not fare as […]

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Phraternizing

Top Phillies blog The Good Phight interviewed yours truly regarding the upcoming series between the Phils and Mets. Check out Fraternizing with the Enemy Part 2 on Phillies Phight to read my take on the weekend.

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Inside Look: Philadelphia Phillies II

With the Mets holding a fragile three-game lead over the second-place Phillies, this weekend’s four-games in Philadelphia is the most important series for both teams so far this year. Chase Utley and Co. swept the Mets in four games at Shea in the last meeing between the two teams, but the Phillies’ squad has changed […]

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No Rest for the Weary

MetsToday reader Micalpalyn pointed out one stark difference between Willie Randolph and former manager Bobby Valentine: bench management. Bobby V had an almost predictable rotation among his bench players, making sure everyone was well-rested, fresh, and ready to go. Randolph sort of had a good plan in 2006, specifically in his ability to keep catcher […]

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Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo

Missed your Mets fix due to the rainout? An alternative is to listen to MetsBlog TalkRadio hosted by Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com. This past week featured yours truly in a “Blogger’s Roundable”, along with Toasty Joe. The theme was “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”, with all apologies to Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood. […]

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Pelfrey in Double Dip

According to The New York Times and Metsmerized Online, Mike Pelfrey will be promoted from AAA New Orleans to start one of the games in Friday’s doubleheader in Philadelphia. Interestingly, The Times also reports that the Mets braintrust has “internally discussed the idea of acquiring” Milton Bradley, who was DFA’d by the Oakland Athletics last […]

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How Axl Rose Can Help the Mets

Last night when Tom Glavine walked out to the mound, he had the wrong Guns N Roses song playing. Instead of Sweet Child O’ Mine, it should have been Patience. Yes, the Mets won the game, and they won on Monday as well. But their offense is still atrocious — they’ve accumulated only 6 runs […]

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Keith Said What?

Speedlinking around the Mets blogosphere … Zisk Online (is that Richie Zisk?) has a few fun conversations among the SNY crew from last night’s game, in case you missed it. Check it out to find out how to say “war” in French and who’s on his way to Sag Harbor. Toasty Joe has several new […]

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Planet Randolph

The awful losing streak that is hopefully behind the Mets seems to have done a number on Willie Randolph’s psyche. While we expect Willie to feed the media standard, ambiguous answers to the tough questions, to keep a positive light, and to fully support his struggling players, there’s a point where you wonder if Randolph […]

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Shea to Shea?

The West Coast Los Angeles California Angels of Anaheim in Orange County Just Minutes from Disneyland and Intersecting the 91 and State Highway 55 (TM) have DFA’d Shea Hillenbrand. Is he the righty bat that the Mets would be interested in obtaining? Most likely not, but it’s interesting that he’s out there. If the Mets […]

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